Noted scholar, liberal arts advocate and global leader for women’s education Meredith Woo began serving as the 13th president of Sweet Briar College in May 2017.

Since then, she has spearheaded a comprehensive academic overhaul to reimagine what a liberal arts education should look like in the 21st century. Her overarching goals: To make Sweet Briar excellent, relevant and affordable. In fall 2018, Sweet Briar launched its leadership core curriculum, which replaced the College’s traditional general education requirements, as well as a new academic calendar to make room for more experiential learning. President Woo and her leadership team also reduced Sweet Briar’s tuition by 32 percent while preserving the College’s robust portfolio of more than 250 scholarships. The result: Sweet Briar’s private, liberal arts education now rivals Virginia’s flagship public universities.

In fall 2017, President Woo set out on a multi-city Presidential Tour to speak with thousands of alumnae and friends across the country. In fall 2018, she taught one of the first three-week courses in the College’s new academic calendar.

You can read more about President Woo and Sweet Briar College in her letters and speeches.

Thought Leadership

Op-ed: A one-size-fits-all solution to coronavirus could be fatal to US colleges

May 29, 2020

Op-ed by President Meredith Woo Washington Examiner, May 29, 2020 The challenges facing residential colleges and universities as they ponder the resumption of in-person classes are complex. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who heads the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, remarked on Meet the Press on May 10 that current capacity for COVID-19 testing was […]

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President Woo's Blog

November 2021 Community Update

December 8, 2021

Dear Colleagues, The excellent news of our reaccreditation by SACSCOC went public on the 7th and you can read the article about it on our website. This daunting and all-consuming process only happens every ten years and I’m gratified by our outcome, as I know you are, too. I want to thank all of you […]

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Letters & Speeches

August 2022 Community Update

September 9, 2022
Indie mascot welcomes prospective students to campus

The academic year is off to a fabulous start, and I want to thank all of you for making this happen! During Orientation, we welcomed 173 students (152 domestic and international first-years and 22 transfers) and over 500 family members to campus to engage them in social and educational programming that highlighted our campus resources, […]

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